Having a Green Wedding

By: Jane Martin

So the big day is rapidly approaching, and you are racking your brain trying to think of the perfect wedding, the wedding that you have always dreamed of, but what exactly is that anymore? In reality, nobody can afford the picture perfect wedding that we dreamed of as little princesses, but that is not always financially possible. If you care about the environment and the world that you and your children will have to live in and you are looking for a creative way to celebrate your marriage on a stricter budget than you would prefer, consider the benefits of having a green wedding.

What is a green wedding? A green wedding is a wedding that takes place with the environment in mind. Large parties can be very upsetting to certain ecosystems and a lot of unnecessary waste can take place in preparation for and during wedding ceremonies, from the invitations and RSVP envelopes you send out, to the treatment that you use on the grass before your reception to keep the bugs away from the food.

There are a variety of things that you can do to help have the economically sound, environmentally friendly green wedding that you are considering, including the way you shop for rings and enjoy your post wedding ceremony food and refreshments.

As far as your apparel goes, many of those who have green weddings have dresses that are made of natural fibers, such as hemp, or else they dress something up that is already in their closet or that they can wear again.

Wedding dresses are often wasted, and they tend to take up a lot of space in the garbage heap as well, so it is best that they be used more than once if they must be used at all. If you want to buy a brand new dress for your wedding, try to pick a dress that you can actually foresee having to ever wear again in the span of your life, at least.

Here are some other tips on how to save the earth bit by bit, starting with your green wedding:

*Buy antique rings or pawn shop rings; you often get a more unique product this way and you can save a lot of money in the process.

*Use biodegradable disposable cups, plates, spoons, knives, and forks at your reception. The environment and the dishwasher will both thank you, not to mention whoever pays the water bill.

*If the above option does not suit you, consider renting your dishes and eating utensils from the caterer. That way, you don’t have to worry about the dishes and you don’t have to worry about plastic cups and spoons up to the ears.

*Have your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception at the same location, if at all possible. This saves your guests on gas having to get back and forth between the two locations, it saves them a possible change of clothes, and it decreases the amount of pollutants in the air by decreasing the amount of driving they have to do in the name of your ceremony.

Have fun!

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